Our staff is based on quality, experience,
and education at Center Stage!
Director - Sandy Overcash holds a BS degree in Dance Education from UNCG as well as an education degree for grades K-6. She has directed the studio since its beginning. In addition to the activities at Center Stage, Sandy enjoys traveling throughout the country judging regional and national dance competitions. Sandy is also actively involved in production of costumes for Center Stage Dancers.
Artistic Director - Sydney Overcash is a graduate of the Center Stage program. Sydney has already traveled and performed in numerous venues nationally and internationally since high school. Sydney has worked in theme parks at Santa's Village in New Hampshire and Busch Gardens in Virginia. Sydney danced in a Las Vegas style dinner show in Guam at the SandCastle. She has traveled on tour performing at Madison Square Garden in New York, Canada, Europe, and Australia, She has danced in a local area commercial for the SC lottery. Sydney's numbers are consistently in the top five at regional and national competition. Her numbers for consistently rank first overall at regional competition. Sydney has won a number of outstanding choreography awards and most entertaining number awards at regional and national competitions, as well as having numerous numbers nominated for the Industry Dance Awards in 2016 and 2017.
Instructor - Jonathan Matthews has been with the Center Stage Staff for many years now. Jonathan brings his talents and expertise in the areas of hip hop, lyrical, jazz and gymnastics. Jonathan has won more than one hundred trophies competing regionally and nationally. He was awarded the title of Mr. Starpower as a solo performer. Jonathan has been a feature performer as a dancer at Hershey Park in Hershey, Pennsylvania sharing his performing talents with the country. Jonathan enjoys working with students in dance of all ages. Jonathan was featured as a dancer on a commercial for the SC Lottery. Jonathan has traveled with dance competitions working as a backstage coordinator and on occassion a dance panel judge. Most recently Jonathan received a nomination for an Industry Dance Award in 2017.
Instructor - Ashlyn Keller Sumner received a BFA in Dance from UNC-Greensboro. Ashlyn has performed with the North Carolina Dance Theatre currently known as the Charlotte Ballet. Ashlyn has also performed with the Louisville Ballet and NC Savoyard Opera Company. Ashlyn also trained at the National Institute of Dance in New York. Ashlyn has been a teaching artist with NC Arts In Action in Chapel Hill, an affliliate of NDI. She has been on the faculty of School of NC Dance Theatre, Duke University Summer Programs, Triangle Youth Ballet and has choreographed over thirty musicals. Ashlyn is currently on faculty at A.L. Brown High School teaching dance starting their dance program in 2012. Most recently, Ashlyn was a principal character in the role of Velma in "Chicago" with Piedmont Players in Salisbury.
Instructor - Kristi Goodale Miller is a graduate of the Center Stage program. Kristi participated as a competition dancer at Center Stage and graduated in our fabulous fifteen, studying from age three through senior high with us. Kristi served as a dance assistant for 8 years while dancing at Center Stage. Kristi was a member of the dance team at Appalachian State University. Kristi has a BS from ASU and currently teaches at West Rowan High School. At West, Kristi has worked with the dance team and cheer squads. Miss Kristi works with the youngest dancers at Center Stage ensuring they are off to great beginnings in their dance experiences.
Instructor - Center Stage is happy to welcome home Logan Ritchie to the staff. Logan is a graduate from the Center Stage program where she participated in many competition numbers. Logan recently graduated from North Carolina State University with a BS in Nutrition Science. While at NC State, Logan was a member of the NC State dance team. She was captain her senior year and helped lead her team to a 2nd place national ranking. Over the past few years, Logan has traveled the east coast to various colleges, high schools and studios to choreograph routines. Logan is so excited to be a part of the CSDC staff and cannot wait to share her passion with all of the dancers.
Guest Artist - Center Stage is happy to welcome South Carolinian Christopher Robbins. Chris has performed for television and stage shows since he was 5 years old. Chris has worked with artists/choreographers such as Donny and Jimmy Osmond, Darius Rucker, Justin Timberlake, Kelly Rowland, Jennifer Holiday, Kristine W, The Pointer Sisters, Lee Greenwood, Caroline Lewis Jones, Gil Stroming, Adrienne Canterna, Jean Whitaker, Joe Lanteri, Pamela Bolling, Pam Chancey, Kim Wolfe, and Jaime King. Chris was in The Walt Disney Productions of “Beauty and the Beast” and “Tarzan Rocks.” Presently, Chris judges for Starpower, Inspire, Imagine, and Revolution Talent competitions. He teaches all over the country doing his specialized form of teaching that no others do, working on body alignment, conditioning, strength, stretch, across the floor, and combo. Chris is currently on the SC Board of Dance Association and Artists in Residence. Chris is now the residing Artistic Director of his professional company E'clatez Production Company.
Instructor -Makenna Pate is a graduate of the Center Stage program. Makenna was a member of the competition dance teams at Center Stage where her groups were national champions several years in a row. Makenna attends Catawba College studying psychology and is on the dance team at Catawba. She is a Young Life youth program leader at West Rowan. While participating as a competiiton dancer, Makenna inspired a cheer for our competition teams that will live on forever - “C S D C in the house, let’s say it again!” She won the Hall Of Fame Scholarship in 2015 for her essay regarding the imporatance of dance in her life. Makenna was the choreographer for the musical "White Christmas" at Carson High School in 2016. Makenna works with recreational students at Center Stage in a variety of genres of dance.
Instructor - Patty Hudson holds a BA in dance from UNC-Charlotte. She danced as a competition dancer at Center Stage. Patty began instructing dance immediately after high school at Center Stage. She has worked with competition dancers and recreational dancers for many years. Patty has instructed all genres of classes during her tenure. Currently Patty has focused her talents on working with costume designs for the dancers at Center Stage.